Lincolnton woman drives car in Thurmond Lake

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 12:30 PM
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Photo by Jenna Martin  Authorities stand near a fully-submerged vehicle that ran off Little River bridge into Clarks Hill Lake at about 10 a.m. on Friday. The vehicle's driver, Emily Hinson, was taken to an area hopsital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The cause of the wreck is being investigated by Georgia State Patrol.    Jenna Martin
Jenna Martin
Photo by Jenna Martin Authorities stand near a fully-submerged vehicle that ran off Little River bridge into Clarks Hill Lake at about 10 a.m. on Friday. The vehicle's driver, Emily Hinson, was taken to an area hopsital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The cause of the wreck is being investigated by Georgia State Patrol.

A Lincolnton, Ga., resident was involved in a single car accident when she drove her 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser off the Little River bridge into Lake Thurmond this morning.

Emily Hinson of Lincolnton was travelling eastbound on Georgia Highway 47 when her car left the road near the Lincoln County end of the bridge. Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson said Hinson managed to roll down a window and swim to shore after the accident.

She was transported to an area hospital. He said her injuries do not appear life-threatening.

Lawson said the investigation would be turned over to the Georgia State Highway Patrol, which would also be responsible for extricating the submerged car from the lake.

Cynthia Carrolle, a friend of Hinson’s, arrived on the scene shortly after Hinson escaped the car.

“She was just sitting there on the rail and there was a person with a hand on her shoulder,” she said. “About five cars had pulled over.”

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palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/10/12 - 12:30 pm
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"escapted" the car??? Oh, my
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"escapted" the car??? Oh, my goodness.

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David Parker 08/10/12 - 01:35 pm
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I'm going to assume that this

I'm going to assume that this was nearer to the lake shore than out in the middle where the actual bridge is. It would take some hella driving to get a car to skip that guard rail and plunge into the deep. Possible to drive through the rails but even at a good rate of speed, the angle doesn't seem good enough to break through it. Logistically speaking anyway. Glad she's ok and on dry land.

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just saw the photo. I guess guard rails aren't as anchored as I thought.

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challenger1 08/10/12 - 01:37 pm
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Makes me think of all the

Makes me think of all the videos on youtube of women drivers. Just saying

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soapy_725 08/11/12 - 10:57 am
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Was she on the phone?
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Las Vegas odds are great in favor of YES. Everyone appears to be on the phone while driving. Their life is of such critical important that they must be constantly wired. As if they were the POTUS with the "Red Phone". Billy Graham once said that the "Walkman Radios" were an expression of human loneliness. A inner void. A spiritual void? A voice says I am "never alone". Society has such a void in their makeup that they must be constantly hear "reassuring human voices"?

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